Greetings from Nashville, Alaska!
Okay, maybe we didn’t get THAT much snow, but it may as well have been three feet. Because six inches in this area? SHUT ‘ER DOWN.
There’s two viewpoints I notice people take:
(My extensive, scientific-based research is from my networking).
(Some may call it Facebooking).
1. This is amazing!
2. This is torture!
Now, I’m firmly in the first group. First, I am blessed with a warm home, abundance of food, a sweet husband, an adorable baby, and plenty more of life’s joys to really have nothing to complain about.
Secondly, I’m a former (still feels weird to say) teacher. WE LIVE FOR SNOW DAYS. I don’t think that excitement will ever go away, no matter how long I’m away from the classroom.
And so, today is the day the Great Thaw of 2016 begins. And while I do look forward to seeing civilization again (well, most of it…), I’m not going to lie. As ridiculous as it sounds, when this snow finally becomes water on the pavement and drops on the branches, it kind of feels like I’m saying goodbye to a wise friend.
I know, I know. IT’S PRECIPITATION.
But I do think this wintry friend taught us all a few lessons. The primary one being SLOW DOWN.
Maybe it’s because we were well-stocked with groceries, or maybe it’s because we have the wonderful advantage of neither my husband or I having to drive on slick streets to work, but whatever the case may be, I loved being forced to stay in and do nothing but watch the snow fall.
And more than that, with my two boys by my side.
Not only at our screen door watching the South’s version of a blizzard, but by my side for dinner.
And even breakfast.
We’ve had no choice but to keep the car in the garage.
We’ve baked sweet treats, made pancakes, found some homemade goodies in the freezer for dinner (thanks, Mom!), built towers with Luke, watched him knock them down, rocked and read stories, fly “SuperBaby” down the hallway, built a snowman, made a snow angel, had tickle fights, cleaned a little bit, and of course a few crawl races with a squealing ten-month old.
During Luke (and I)’s naptime, Brett even managed to wrap one of his grad classes. Notice I said during his nap. He could’ve taken a much-deserved nap himself. He could’ve easily said, “I need to work on homework,” but he didn’t. He chose us. He chose our family.
(Well, maybe a sermon).
Don’t get me wrong. Of course it’s good to invest in others (I believe Jesus had some things to say about that), to travel, to get out and about. Errands have to be ran, jobs don’t get done on their own, and life has to go on.
But I think we all can and should adjust the speed of how we live it.
And this ole friend made us all do just that.
For all of those wanting warmer weather, it’ll be here soon (it’s Tennessee, so it’ll be this weekend). Maybe we can remember the lesson our friend tried to teach us when those temps creep back up.
Gather around a picnic table.
Make milkshakes instead of hot cocoa.
Go swing instead of sled.
Build a Lego skyscraper rather than a snowman.
The roads don’t have to be ice for us to slow down. They’re just a slap in the face (especially if you try to walk on them) that we should.
Thanks for the memories, Snowmaggedon ’16.
You’ll melt away, but you won’t be gone.